Monday, March 14, 2011
Today’s Topic: God’s Glory Revealed
Today’s Text: Isaiah 40:3-5 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
How great is our God! His glory is being revealed.
Our choice of focus determines my attitude about those statements. Surrounded by hardships, tragedies, and negativity, it is easy to become discouraged and even depressed. Unfulfilled dreams become wet blankets thrown over the flames of faith. Personal failures force the pride of life to turn our attention inward in a misguided attempt to find pleasure in pity. Any and all of which turn our attention toward self and we miss seeing the glory of God.
That’s where I find myself today. The Enemy of my soul is attacking viciously in an attempt to turn my focus from the face of Jesus to fear generated by the following:
- Worldwide tragedies of war and nature.
- Economic hardships projected upon our personal finances, which I see causing us to consider stealing from God to pay our bills and fulfill our own dreams. At the minimum we choose not to give extra for the accomplishment of God’s vision for His kingdom purpose.
- Hurtful words spoken by others become more believable than God’s Word as the statement of our worth.
- Pride that turns the focus inward on personal pain rather than the pain we caused in others, hindering true repentance and forgiveness.
These are the things that oppose the glory of God in my life today. Yet I hear the voice of God calling out – Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.
Oh that I might see the glory of God today. Reveal yourself, O Lord, in ways today that grab my attention and snap my head up to look at you.